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Exercise your vote in 2012 ... to shop locally Holiday Express offers best places to shop and celebrate ... close to home! Dear Friends: Happy holidays! Whether you voted Romney, Obama or “none-of-theabove” earlier this month, this shopping season let us suggest that you vote for your hometown retailers. Frankly, we think it’s patriotic for Americans to shop locally. This way, they avoid a commute to the malls, long check-out lines, parking hassles and the notion that gifts are acquired from Everywhere, U.S.A. Better to buy distinctive,

affordable, fun gifts from your friends and neighbors who all year long show their loyalty to you by supporting your tax base, providing jobs to other local folks and giving to local charities when hit up for donations. The Holiday Express — with its gift-giving ideas and stories about our quaint, historic, distinctive communities’ unique celebrations — reminds us all that we need stray no farther than our hometowns and their neighbors to buy our presents. Each of our hometowns

has its own personality and no two celebrate the holidays quite the same. ‰ Markesan offers Homespun magic and last week held a craft bazaar and silent auction for hunting widows. ‰ Berlin has hosted a musical open house and a wonderful parade, but its stores remain ready to help you find that perfect something for your loved ones. ‰ Princeton organizes a Christmas weekend filled with craft sales, library activities, tree-lighting, parade, great shopping and more.

‰ Waupun puts on a fourday festival of trees. ‰ Fairwater presents a good old-fashioned Christmas pageant with sights and sounds to warm the heart! ‰ Ripon boasts store windows that magically come to life for an evening. ‰ Green Lake offers a potpourri of holiday musical performances and a cool treelighting ceremony ‰ In Brandon, dine with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy a parade and help local firefighters and First Responders. Let others brave the

crowds at the big-city malls in Milwaukee and Appleton (and burn the gas to get there). We need only cast our ballots for our hometowns. So please, go ahead, read this Holiday Express and start planning for our holiday fun in small-town America that is charming and inviting all year long! — Aaron, Ian, John,

Karen, Kelly, Kim, Lisa, Steve, Tami, Tim and Todd

The staff of the Holiday Express

Santa’s bag in Brandon filled with rock ’n roll There are some festively fun folks in Brandon, who every December, enjoy — as the old song goes — “rockin’ around, the Christmas tree ...” They and friends from outside the community attend the annual “Quint and Friends Holiday Celebration,” which on Saturday, Dec. 15 will celebrate its 12th year of playing rock ’n’ roll while raising money and food to help stock the Brandon Food Pantry. From 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., patrons can enjoy lots of music and goodwill. And the cost is modest: a non-perishable food item and/ or cash donation with checks made out to the “Brandon Food Pantry.” “Initially there was no food pantry in Brandon,” said Quint Poltrock, founder of the winter music festival, “so we brought the food and money to The Waupun Food Pantry.” The event started as an acoustic show in one bar, Poltrock explained. “I try to change things up a little every year,” he said. “It has been all acoustic in one bar with bands in the other. I’ve alternated bands and acoustic acts in both bars.” This year he will feature acoustic acts for about the first two hours in both downtown Brandon bars — Mel’s Bar & Grill, 137 E. Main St.; and Venture, 192 E. Main St. After the accoustic sets end, full bands will perform in both bars. “I stagger the start times so you could go back and forth and see part of all the acts if you

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A Dickens of an event

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Catch a glimpse of life in the 19th century during the 22nd-annual Dickens of a Christmas Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2 in Ripon. This popular community event inspires people of all ages to celebrate the holiday season and appreciate a longgone era of romance, chivalry and elegance. The experience starts with the Living Windows, which are enacted only Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. While strolling down Watson Street Friday evening, visitors will see scenes portrayed in storefront windows by Ripon area businesses and residents. This year, Living Windows will portray “Life in the 1800s” in celebration of Charles Dickens 200th birthday. Visitors will be able to get into the old-fashioned Christmas spirit by taking a horsedrawn carriage ride (boarding at the Village Green at Watson and Seward streets), enjoying carolers, and sipping hot cocoa and cider. A highlight of the festival is the 18th-annual Dickens of a Quilt Show that features more than 200 exquisitely crafted quilts. This year, patriotic quilts are being showcased, with a

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World War II. The quilt show is held at Horicon Bank, 400 Watson St. Another Dickens tradition is the Tour of Homes. This year the Tour takes a side trip to showcase several of Ripon’s beautiful and historic churches. Many church buildings in Ripon display noteworthy architectural elements, and the settlers that founded the congregations have a fascinating history that has had a lasting effect on the city’s development. If you’ve ever wondered what these churches look like on the inside, this is your opportunity to find out. Tickets will be available for $10 in advance at Ripon

Drug, Pick ’n Save and the Ripon Chamber. Tickets will not be sold at the churches on the day of the tour. They will, however, be available for $12 at Ripon Drug, Pick ’n Save, and the Little White Schoolhouse. To accommodate church services, the hours of the tour will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids will have a great time at Dickens, too! Breakfast with Santa at CJ’s at the Wayside, a Gingerbread House Display, Christmas for Kids, and other activities will entertain and delight the young and young at heart. For those who like to get their day off to a brisk start, the first-annual Ripon Medical Center Dickens Dash will

be held Sunday morning of Dickens weekend. This is a 2-mile, family friendly run/walk through the streets of Ripon. To register or get more information on the Dickens Dash, go to agnesian. com or call 920-926-4971. The weekend is filled with lots of other holiday activities such as a display of nativities at St. Peter’s Church; a holiday craft show; the Enchanted Forest of delightfully decorated Christmas trees; the Ripon College Choral Union Concert, and much more. Also, make sure you plan some time to visit the unique shops of Ripon to find those perfect Christmas presents.

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Small town, big value!

Markesan offers great, convenient shopping choices Remember your Markesan businesses during this holiday season. The teen on your list probably could use a food gift card from an area convenience story or fast-food place. A certificate for an oil change, gas card or two are always good, too. The ladies of your life could use a girls’ day out with tanning sessions, manicures, pedicures or a gift certificate from a woman who cleans houses. The area offers great restaurants and bars for a night out. Dad can always use new tools, farm or shop supplies or something for his truck or hobbies. Markesan shops offer collectibles of all kinds, gift baskets, floral arrangments made to order, and everyone can use grocery gift cards. Remember local crafters and home-based businesses for a

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unique gift item. A subscription to the local papers will keep them informed of local activities. Remember your pet with a treat or special item.

Jillian’s will offer some 400 baskets on Nov. 23 Jillian’s Restaurant will host another holiday gift basket sale in Princeton on Friday, Nov. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event, held in conjunction with the annual Christmas in Princeton weekend, will feature more than

family, or a movie night with videos and pizza? Local banks can help with starting savings accounts for college or something special, and they have crisp, new bills and savings bonds to insert into a holiday card. Check out the Post Office for special stamps while sending your holiday packages. Enjoy a family night out at Markesan’s church and school holiday programs. Also remember that businesses can help with your Christmas decorating and party food and refreshments. Give the gift of giving to our local food pantry, thrift store or favorite charity. Think of your local busi-

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400 gift baskets for sale ranging in price from $5 to $35. Jillian’s is located at 200 S. Fulton St. (highway 23) in Princeton. For more information about Jillian’s Holiday Gift Basket Sale, call Jill at Jillian’s at 920-295-3660.

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• Breakfast with Santa at Aunt Judy’s Cafe 9-11 a.m. • 5 Huge Craft Fairs throughout the City • Usborne Children’s Book Fair & Sale at the Library 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Friday & Saturday • Festival of Trees: Friday, Nov. 23 • 5–8 p.m. & Saturday, Nov. 24 • 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Community Hall in City Park - Silent auction of decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces & a Holiday bake sale! • Horse & Carriage Rides 10 a.m. • Begins at City Parking Lot

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Waupun’s Festival of Trees will What should I get? feature music, dance, marionettes Berlin has gift ideas for ‘hard-to-shop-for’ folks The Waupun Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Avenue of Angels Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. Kicking off the activities Tuesday, Nov. 27 will be the annual Holiday Parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m.and runs down Main Street from St. Joseph’s Church to Fond du Lac Street in downtown Waupun. Enjoy free hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The Festival of Trees at Waupun City Hall will be available to tour in the auditorium Tuesday through Friday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Vote for your favorite! Santa will be available for photos Tuesday after the parade, Wednesday night and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The "Festival of Trees" is a holiday favorite. Area businesses decorate trees, which highlight their business and adds to the holiday fun of the Avenue of Angels. Special events will include: ‰ Nov. 27 — A perfor-

mance of holiday music by Vicki Belleville and guests at 7 p.m. Visit Santa and enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and cider; ‰ Nov. 28 — The Waupun Warriorettes will bring a smile to your face at 5:15 p.m. as they show off their moves in “Joy to the World”; at 6:45 p.m. the “Reindeer Games” begin — a fun family night to play carnival games and win prizes. Santa will make an appearance; enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and cider; ‰ Nov. 29 — “Mixed Blessings” concert featuring a variety of local church choirs; enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and cider; ‰ Nov. 30 — Masters of Movement Dance Recital perform “Santa Rocks” at 6 p.m. Admission prices are $2 general admission; $4 reserved. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and cider; ‰ Listen to Mrs. Claus read your favorite Christmas stories at 11 a.m., and enjoy a Christmas show featuring Rudy’s Marionettes at 11:30 a.m. At noon, decorate a

Christmas cookie. Enjoy a visit by Santa, as well as cookies, hot chocolate and cider. Remember to vote for your favorite tree at the Festival of Trees. Organizers will be collecting food and/or cash donations for the Waupun Food Pantry. Santa will hand out treat bags on Tuesday and Wednesday as well as on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free photos courtesy of Walgreens and treat bags provided by Front Edge, Waupun American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Culver’s. Enjoy cookies donated by the Waupun Education Association, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, FFA and the Waupun Hockey Association. The cider and hot chocolate are compliments of Piggly Wiggly and Market Fresh Foods. Elevator access to the auditorium is off of the Forest Street entrance For more information, see www.waupunchamber.com or call 324-3491.

Store owners in Berlin like to boast that their city’s shops offer gifts for the “hard to buy for” loved one. Some say the apparel, quilts, jewelry, fine art, crafts and crafting items, antiques, floral accessories, furniture, homedecor accents and other gifts are as distinctive as the city on the Fox River that offers them. Berlin collectively celebrated its Christmas earlier this month. Earlier this month, the city hosted its 27th Annual Lighted Holiday Parade. That same week, Berlin held its Annual Musical Open House, with stores featuring live music, refreshments and some hot drinks for holiday shoppers. Although this year’s parade and musical open house already are behind us, Berlin remains ready to accommodate shoppers for whom the usual big-city mall fare is inadequate, unimaginative and lacking in originality. Berlin’s stores are featuring extended hours during the next month, with many open Friday evenings to better fit into Christmas shoppers’ hectic schedules. Gift-givers are invited to visit Berlin during the coming weeks to find out why many people keep returning to the city in which, it is said, folks can “get a glimpse of what you can’t find anywhere else.” They can also can take a pause from their gift selections to attend the 10th Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. at The Federated Church of Berlin. Tickets for the event are available at the church, Field Card & Gift Shop, Goodrich Home Furnishings and at Berlin Printing, or by calling 920-290-3197.

‘Dashing through the snow ...’

RMC sponsoring wintertime run to support new wellness center Ripon Medical Center is collaborating with the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce to introduce its Dickens Dash Fun Run/Walk Sunday, Dec. 2. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Foundation for Ripon Medical Center to help construct a wellness center at the new Ripon

Medical Center, set to open summer 2014. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration from 7 to 8:15 a.m. in downtown Ripon at the corner of Watson and Seward streets. A headband and jingle bells are included in the registration fee, and all finishers will qualify to win a Kindle

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Lunch is served beginning at 10 a.m. (Soup & Sandwich)

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Fire. Individual cost is $20 per person before Nov. 28 ($25 after), and $15 per person 12 years of age or younger ($20 after). Cash or checks made payable to Ripon Medical Center, attention Public Relations, 933 Newbury St., Ripon WI 54971. Interested participants also can register online at www. active.com.

In the event of inclement weather, listen to WRPN 1600 AM Radio for more information. “We are pleased to be offering this new event as part of the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce’s successful Dickens of a Christmas event,” said Katherine Vergos, Ripon Medical Center's chief operating officer. “This event provides the perfect opportunity to introduce a fun run/

walk that can involve the entire family, and give a positive outlet for another health and wellness-related activity.” Registration forms are available at the Ripon Medical Center greeter’s station, the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce or by visiting agnesian.com under “Classes & Events/Sponsored Events.” For more information, call 920-926-4971.

St. John’s Bazaar will be Nov. 24 Sponsored by the National Catholic Foresters, a small, two-day craft fair was started by parishioners at St. John Church more than 25 years ago at the Main Street church. In that first year in 1984, talented parishioners made everything and sold them on Saturday and Sunday. Just a couple years later they added a great soup and

out the area. They now rent more than 25 spaces for the Nov. 24 fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the church and school. For more information, call 920-295-6759 or 920-2958772.

sandwich lunch. This year the luncheon will be held Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church until the food is gone. It will be held in conjuntion with the Christmas in Princeton celebration. About 20 years ago organizers decided to open the event up to crafters through-

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Chili fund-raiser planned for Nov. 29 to support Cookie Daze festival the Enchanted Forest; the 18thannual Dickens of a Quilt Show; choral and orchestral concerts; Breakfast with Santa; Las Posadas Fiesta; a Christmas Crèche display; the Tour of Homes, this year featuring beautiful and historic Ripon churches; and many other festive activities throughout the weekend in historic Ripon. For more information about the Dickens Chili Supper or the Dickens of a Christmas festival, call the chamber at 748-6764 or go to the chamber website at www.ripon-wi.com.

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The Ripon Chamber of Commerce and its Cookie Daze Festival Committee will host its annual Dickens of a Christmas Chili Supper fund-raising dinner, Thursday, Nov. 29 at Miller’s Tavern, 102 E. Fond du Lac St. Chili dinners and children’s hot dog plates will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Carry outs are available and Miller’s Tavern is handicap accessible. Tickets may be purchased now at the Ripon Chamber of Commerce office and Miller's Tavern. Adult tickets purchased in

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For more information visit www.Ripon-WI.com or call (920) 748-6764. Tickets for most Dickens events available at Ripon Chamber, Pick’n Save and Ripon Drug.

Thursday, November 29 Dickens Chili Supper* • 5 to 7 p.m. Miller’s Tavern • 102 E. Fond du Lac Street

Friday, November 30 Rippin’ Good Cookies Outlet • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 420 E. Oshkosh Street Sample and buy cookies for the holidays! 18th Annual Dickens of a Quilt Show • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Horicon Bank • 400 Watson Street Soup & Sandwich Supper* • 3 to 8 p.m. American Legion Hall • Blackburn & E. Fond du Lac Streets Holiday House • 4 to 8 p.m. 926 Watson Street Area artists and crafters display their wares Night of Nativities • 5 to 9 p.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church • 217 Houston Street View over 150 nativity collections Dickens Christmas Shop • 5 to 9 p.m. 303 Watson Street Hand-made arts, crafts & more Dickens Information Center • 6 to 8:30 p.m. Little White Schoolhouse • 303 Blackburn Street Stop here to purchase tickets and for the inside scoop on Dickens happenings Enchanted Forest* • 6 to 8:30 p.m. First Congregational Church • 220 Ransom Street Live music, beautifully decorated trees and bake sale White Christmas on the Green • 6 to 8:30 p.m. Downtown Village Green • Watson & Seward Streets Decorate a community Christmas tree while enjoying the sounds of the season, hot chocolate and cookies Carriage Rides leave from here Living Windows • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Historic Downtown Ripon • 100 – 400 Watson Street Downtown windows come to life with scenes of Life in the 1800s. Live nativity, carriage rides, Gingerbread House contest & display, carolers, street performers, roasted chestnuts and more Horse Drawn Carriage Rides • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Board carriage at Village Green Watson & Seward Streets *Indicates activities that have a cost

Gingerbread House Contest & Display • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Farrell’s Fine Furnishings • 214 Watson Street View & vote for locally created gingerbread houses Giant Knitting Needle Races 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 115 Watson Street Living Nativity • 6:45 to 8 p.m. Procession • 6:45 p.m. Living tableau • 7- 8 p.m. (weather permitting) Green space at 220 Watson Street Las Posadas • Procession down Watson Street • 7:15 p.m. Re-enactment of Mary & Joseph’s search for lodging Traditional Mexican food, beverages and Piñata • 8 p.m. VFW Hall, 404 Ransom Street A Spot of Tea & A Bit of Music* • 8 to 9:30 p.m. Downhill Coffee, 3 Harris Street Cozy atmosphere to warm up & enjoy!

Saturday, December 1 Rippin’ Good Cookies Outlet • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 420 E. Oshkosh Street Sample and buy cookies for the holidays! Breakfast with Santa* • 8 to 10 a.m. CJ’s at the Wayside • W13201 Cork Street Dickens Information Center • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Little White Schoolhouse • 303 Blackburn Street Stop here to purchase tickets and for the inside scoop on Dickens happenings Holiday Craft Show • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Maplecrest Manor • 150 N. Douglas Street Purchase gifts from area crafters to benefit local charity Christmas Crèche • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church • 217 Houston Street View over 150 nativity collections Taizé Service follows at 3 p.m. – see below 18th Annual Dickens of a Quilt Show • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Horicon Bank • 400 Watson Street Dickens Christmas Shop • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 303 Watson Street • Hand-made arts, crafts & more Glitter Village Workshop • 9:30 a.m. to noon. Bungalow Quilting & Yarn • 646 W. Fond du Lac Street 920-748-2905 info and registration Christmas for Kids • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mt. Zion Lutheran Church • 320 Mt. Zion Drive Free pizza provided by Domino’s FREE fun for kids of all ages while parents tour & shop Ripon Reservations: 920-748-3544

Gingerbread House Contest & Display • 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. Farrell’s Fine Furnishings • 214 Watson Street View & vote for locally created gingerbread houses Tour of Homes* • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year featuring beautiful & historic churches in Ripon Historical Society Open House • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pickard House • 508 Watson Street Free cider & cookies; Ceresco Prairie Band 2 to 3:30 p.m. Showcasing their newly remodeled building & new exhibits Enchanted Forest* • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Congregational Church • 220 Ransom Street Live music, beautifully decorated trees and bake sale Holiday House • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 926 Watson Street Area artists and crafters display their wares Taizé Service • 3 p.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church • 217 Houston Street Time of music, prayer, Christian scripture, and silence Interdenominational; all are welcome Choral Union/Collegium Concert • 7:30 p.m. Ripon College • Rodman Center for the Arts, Union Street

Sunday, December 2 RMC Dickens Dash • Race start 8:30 a.m. Two-mile, family friendly run/walk through Ripon 920-926-4971 or active.com for registration & information Christmas Crèche • 9 a.m. to noon. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church • 217 Houston Street View over 50 nativity collections 18th Annual Dickens of a Quilt Show • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Horicon Bank • 400 Watson Street Holiday House • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 926 Watson Street Area artists and crafters display their wares Enchanted Forest* • 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. First Congregational Church • 220 Ransom Street Live music, beautifully decorated trees and bake sale. Ripon College Orchestra • 3:15 p.m. Ripon College • Rodman Center for the Arts, Union Street Lasagna Dinner and Show* • 4:30 p.m. seating Dinner at 5 p.m. • Show at 6 p.m. Ripon High School Cheer & Stunt Team – Cheerleading Through the Years C.J.’s at the Wayside, W13201 Cork Street

Our thanks to Living Windows sponsor Affinity Medical Group and carriage ride sponsor “Golden Rule” Community Credit Union


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Sew Happy quilters will have Dickens in stitches The Sew Happy Stitchers, along with the Horicon State Bank, again will sponsor this year’s Dickens of a Quilt Show. The 18th-annual show will be held in Horicon Bank at 400 Watson St. Show times are Friday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1 from

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vote for favorites Friday and Saturday; come back Sunday to see who won. The special feature of this year’s show is Patriotic Quilts. The Dickens Challenge, which has become an an-

nual event, has the theme of “Childhood Memories.” Quilters who choose to participate in the Challenge make an item from specific fabrics in a purchased kit. Kits for the 2013 Dickens Challenge also will be for sale at the show. Other categories include bed quilts, baby/lap quilts,

wall hangings, and clothing and accessories. The popular children’s category will again encourage children 15 years old and younger to enter items made as individuals or through school or club

involvement. The show opens on Friday, with live musical performances scheduled throughout the weekend. Admission to the show is free but donations are appreciated.

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Princeton Lions share bounty from their craft fair with visually-impaired The bulk of the funds generated by the Princeton Lions Club during Christmas in Princeton stay in the Princeton area. The club makes its money that weekend by assisting with the Holiday Bounty Craft Fair. Specifically, Lions members help the Princeton Chamber of Commerce organize crafters, help them get

set up, handle parking and generally oversee the fair. And what do the Lions do with the money? The club supports the library and funds the purchase of large-type periodicals for the visually impaired. The Lions also donate funds for “special-case” children to receive eye exams and glasses that their fami-

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So popular has the Christmas in Princeton Holiday Bounty Craft Fair become that the Princeton Chamber of Commerce couldn’t run it without help from the Princeton Lions and the Princeton Historical Society. The craft fair, held Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Princeton Public School, will feature vendors from the area and the upper Midwest. This long-standing craft fair was started in the mid1980s, and is still going strong. A large variety of items are for sale, offered by vendors from far and near. Past offerings have included a wide assortment of delightful, seasonal decorator items, jewelry, photographic

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Residents invite those from outside the community to shop, dine and view Princeton’s stunning display of lights and creative decorations The Princeton Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual decorating contest for businesses and residents to entice visitors to bring their families and friends to Princeton for some lastminute shopping and viewing of lights at dusk. The contest will take place beginning Saturday, Dec. 1 with judging taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7, 8 and 9. Awards will be given for first- , second- and thirdplace winners in both residential and business categories. Although the judging will take place over one weekend, you can enjoy the Holiday lighting decorations all month long! Some displays will be awarded prizes for their designs and creativity. For more information about the contest, call the chamber at 920-295-3877.


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Fairwater Christmas will pay tribute to veterans Jeff Norton and Santa will be guests The Fairwater Historical Society is busy making plans for its 11th annual Children's Christmas Program. Held on Sunday, Dec. 2, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Fairwater Civic Center, the program will feature local talent and area youth performing skits, recitals, and singing Christmas music. Jeff Norton will be on hand sharing his guitar music with the children and audience. A popular feature of the program is a spectacular, patriotic tribute to America’s veterans. After the program, all are invited to come back to the museum where refreshments will be served. Santa will make a visit and have gift bags for the children. The Old Fairwater School Museum will be decorated for the season with special holiday trees and will be open for tours. Having a hard time finding that special present for some-

LEAH AND KYLE Jorgensen from Fairwater “enjoy” Santa during a 2009 Christmas. A RHYTHM BAND performs in 2009.

one on your Christmas list? Then check out the commemorative cups and cookbooks for sale in the Merchantile Room. The book, “Utley, WIsconsin’s Oldest Ghost Town,” also is available. The program is free and will last about an hour. This year, the society is asking attendees to bring a food item, which will be shared with the area's local pantries. Please set aside this date and relive the experience

of the old-fashioned school Christmas program.

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Christmas in Princeton offers weekend of holiday fun for all ages and interests Bring the family and relax to the sights and sounds of a winter wonderland during “Christmas in Princeton.” Throughout the weekend, visitors may participate in exciting events that make the holiday season special. Christmas in Princeton takes place Nov. 23 and 24 in Princeton. The fun begins Friday with horse and buggy rides that depart from the city parking lot beginning at 10 a.m. In addition to fantastic shopping and terrific dining, visitors also may attend the Princeton Historical Society Open House from 1 to 6 p.m. and enjoy pictures with Santa at the historical society

from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Princeton Public Library, too, is welcoming visitors Friday with extended hours from 9 a.m. until after the parade/tree-lighting ceremony). It also will host several special events, including ‰ Children’s drop-in craft making from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; ‰ Cash-&-carry holiday sale; ‰ Christmas in Princeton is the first chance to view the Library Friends’ silent auction. This annual fund raiser is a wonderful opportunity to get a jump-start on holiday gift-giving. You’ll find many unique items and bargains, all the while knowing you’re supporting this great organi-

zation! The daily auction is open during regular library hours. The auction ends at noon on Dec. 8; winning bidders will be notified. In addition, the library will serve as comfort station and warming house Friday until after the parade and tree lighting. The fun intensifies Friday at 6 p.m. when visitors may enjoy the “Lights on Water” Street electrical light parade though downtown Princeton. Following the end of the parade in the city park, there will be an old-fashioned tree lighting at about 6:30 p.m. Free refreshments will be served and participants may

join in singing Christmas carols. On Saturday, too, families can enjoy horse-drawn carriage tours through historic Princeton beginning at 10 a.m. But Saturday’s fun starts with a hearty breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. at Aunt Judy’s Cafe located off Highway 23. Tykes can get their picture taken with Santa while they enjoy Aunt Judy’s delicious fare. Later that day, tots may see the jolly old soul as he strolls Water Street. Visitors also may augment their downtown holiday shopping Saturday by visiting

arts and crafts fairs scattered throughout Princeton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They also may take advantage of the special events hosted by many of the area shop owners and register to win great gifts sponsored by area businesses. Princeton’s stores have very unique items that can’t be found in other stores. Shoppers can find a variety of great holiday gifts. Christmas in Princeton is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the hectic holiday season. It’s also a great opportunity for families to spend time together and enjoy the holiday tradition.

Lots of holiday cheer on tap for Dec. 2 event Looking for a fun evening of good food, cheer, stunt and dance performances, while helping Ripon athletes compete? Attend the Ripon High

School Cheer & Stunt Teams lasagna dinner fund-raiser Sunday, Dec. 2. The event will be held at C.J.’s at the Wayside, located off Cork Street Road north of

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Ripon. Money raised will help offset the team's competition fees, which average $15 to $18 per athlete. Ripon’s cheer & stunt team is comprised of 33 members. This means cost for the team to attend even one competition can exceed $500. If the fund-raising dinner exceeds the amount the team needs for competition fees, the extra raised will go toward the purchase of more mats as well as new pom poms. The evening will begin with a lasagna dinner that includes salad, garlic bread and dessert. Basket raffles and a silent auction also will be held. The Ripon College dance team will perform two rou-

tines. The high school teams, meanwhile, will not only do their routines but also give guests an inside look at what different stunts are called and what goes into the making of a routine. Visitors to the program will learn about the terms such as “cupie,” “lib” and “scorpion” as the boys and girls demonstrate what it takes to make the team. Seating begins at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5. Cost is $12 per adult, $10 for seniors and students, and free for children 5 & younger. The show begins at 6 p.m. Cost to attend only the show is $5. Tickets are available from Ripon Drug, CJ’s at the Wayside, Russell Manor or by

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Kids, and kids at heart, can compete in contest The aroma of holiday spices, candy canes, sugar gumdrops, and gingerbread will soon swirl through the air. The annual Christmas gingerbread house contest is hosted by Farrell’s Fine Furnishings, 214 Watson St. The public is invited to vote for their favorites Friday evening, Nov. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the Living Windows event. The festive Gingerbread Houses will be displayed throughout the Dickens weekend. Bakers will compete for their creation to be voted the best in one of two categories: children 14 and under; and an adult/family category. Parents are welcome to guide their children who enter the children’s category, but they are asked to leave the creativity and most of the construction up to their kids. Two prizes will be awarded in the adult/family category with first place receiving a $150 cash prize and second place receiving $75 in Far-

rell’s gift certificates. The children’s winner will be awarded $50. Deadline for entering the contest is Nov. 28. All entries must be delivered to Farrell’s Fine Furnishings Thursday, Nov. 29 by 7 p.m. along with a $10 entry fee. The Gingerbread Houses will remain on display at the Farrell’s throughout the Dickens of a Christmas festival. The Gingerbread House Contest is part of Ripon’s 22nd annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration which takes place Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. This year the event will showcase a variety of holiday activities throughout the community such as the Dickens of a Quilt Show, the Tour of Homes, various musical performances, beautifully decorated trees in the Enchanted Forest, and more. The highlight of the weekend is the Victorian scenes of Living Windows in downtown businesses on Friday evening. For more information

Blue Moon hosts the perfect holiday date Once in a Blue Moon in Princeton will host Candlelit Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. Enjoy dinner and live music by The River Shores Duet For $27 per person, you'll enjoy wonderful music as well as a terrific meal featuring butternut squash soup, spinach salad, roast pork marsala, apple pecan dressing, fresh vegetable and pumpkin cheesecake. Make your reservations now. Call 920-295-6100.

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Living Windows honors author with visit to 1800s In honor of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, this year’s Dickens of a Christmas Living Windows will take a look back at life in the 1800s Friday, Nov. 30 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. in the storefronts of downtown Ripon. Store windows will come alive by portraying scenes from 19th-century literature, inventions, notable people, customs and accomplishments of the 1800s. As in past years, merchants will hand out cider, roasted

chestnuts and other treats; a living nativity will depict the Holy birth; and musical ensembles and carolers will be heard throughout the evening. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas Season as you ride through Ripon’s historic downtown in a horse-drawn carriage, compliments of “Golden Rule” Community Credit Union. Returning for its fifth year as part of Living

Friday evening events Dickens of a Quilt Show at Horicon Bank; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Soup and Sandwich Supper at the American Legion Hall; 3:30 to 8 p.m. Enchanted Forest at 220 Ransom St.; 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 220 Ransom St.; Night of the Nativities at St. Peter’s Church; 5 to 9 p.m. Living Windows in downtown Ripon; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Santa greets children at Ripon Drug; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Horse-drawn Carriage Rides; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (New location: starting at the Village Green, Watson and Seward streets) Las Posadas: — Processional down Watson Street at 7:15 p.m. — Fiesta with traditional foods and piñata at the VFW Hall, 404 Ransom St., at 8 p.m.

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Windows is Las Posadas, a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem. It will begin at 7:15 p.m. with a procession down Watson Street as Mary and Joseph seek shelter from “innkeepers” at the shops downtown. The procession will ar-

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Tour of ‘Homes’ takes side trip to local churches The Dickens of a Christmas Tour of Homes will make a de-

parture from tradition this year. Instead of the historic and

Churches on the tour are: St. Peter’s Episcopal, 217 Houston St.: Built in 1861 in an American version of the Gothic style, often referred to as “Carpenter Gothic”; the church’s 13 stained glass windows depict the life of the Apostle Peter. Immanuel United Methodist, 401 W. Fond du Lac St.: The roots of the congregation date back to the mid-1800s; the current church was built in 1956-57. Grace Evangelical Lutheran, 430 Griswold St.: The “Temperance Lutherans” began the congregation in 1866; the current church building, dedicated in 1960, features simple lines and open spaces utilized in ecclesiastical architecture of that period. First Congregational of Ripon UCC, 220 Ransom St.: In 1820, the First Congregational Church of “Ceresco” (changed to “Ripon” in 1857) was formed; the church was built 1866-68 and is on the National Register of Historic places. Pentecostal House of Prayer, 320 State St.: The building was constructed in 1890 by the German Methodist Church of Ripon; the beautiful stained glass windows bear the names of families who attended the church. Our Saviours United Church of Christ, 343 Scott St.: The original church was built in 1864 and has been enlarged five times; the 1915 Moller organ has 2,200 pipes; stained glass windows date back to 1904. St. Wenceslaus Catholic (St. Catherine of Siena Parish), 415 E. Fond du Lac St.: Built in 1907 to replace one that had burnt to the ground; it features ornate religious symbolism and original stained glass windows.

modern homes that have been featured in the past, the tour will offer access to several of Ripon’s beautiful and historic churches. As in the past, the Tour will be held on the Saturday of Dickens, Dec. 1, but to accommodate church services the hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For those who would like to take part, there will be a Taizé prayer service at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 3 p.m. Tour tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the tour. Advance tickets may be purchased at Ripon Drug, Pick ’n Save, and the Ripon Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will not be sold at the churches on the day of the Tour. They will, however, be available for purchase at Ripon Drug, Pick ’n Save, and the Little White Schoolhouse. Proceeds from the Tour of Homes fund the Dickens of a Christmas festival. Busy moms and dads will be happy to know that Mount Zion Lutheran Church is having “Christmas for Kids” Saturday at their location, 320 Mount Zion Drive, to assist parents who would like to go on the Tour of Homes or check out Ripon’s unique shops. Christmas for Kids will be

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‘Festival of Trees’ offers decorations and an opportunity to help Community Hall Princeton will offer a forest of fun Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24 when it hosts its annual Festival of Trees. The event takes place at the Community Hall City Park near the intersection of South

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This is a Dickens of a time to stop, shop & eat Christmas is a time of carols and Santa Claus, Christmas trees and snowflakes, and of course brightly wrapped holiday presents. But in the chaos of this holiday season, where will

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same time. One of the best things about gift-finding in Ripon is the personal attention from friendly merchants that shoppers will receive as they browse through the stores. In addition to the shops that can be found in Ripon, some special opportunities will be offered during Dickens weekend. Holiday House, located at 926 Watson, will offer the opportunity to purchase gifts made by area artists and crafters Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. The Holiday Craft Show, taking place Saturday at Maplecrest Manor, 150 Douglas St., will feature one-of-a-kind items created by local residents. On Friday evening and Saturday, The Christmas Shop at 303 Watson St. will feature the handmade arts, crafts and more. Restaurants and coffee shops in Ripon also will celebrate the holiday season by offering a variety of seasonal menu items and special prices. Whether you are wrapping up a day filled with shopping or just need to take a little break, be sure to treat yourself and let one of Ripon’s dining establishments prepare something delicious for you. Check out the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.Ripon-Wi.com for a listing of stores, restaurants, pubs and coffee houses in Ripon. These festive shopping and dining experiences are part of Ripon’s Dickens of a Christmas celebration, which is sponsored by the Ripon Chamber of Commerce. “Dickens” features Living Windows Friday evening only in the downtown area, the annual Dickens of a Quilt Show, the Tour of Homes featuring beautiful and historic Ripon churches this year, Enchanted Forest, Breakfast with Santa, musical performances and many other delightful activities throughout the weekend in historic Ripon. For more information or a detailed schedule, go to www. Ripon-Wi.com or call the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce at 748-6764.


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Saturday, Dec. 1 10 to 11 a.m. — Kids Holiday Art Project with Letty Wallenfang 10 a.m. to Noon ­— 5 min. Chair Massages by Tiana Late Visit Santa 11 a.m. — Kids Holiday Card Making with Leslie Trewyn Pie School with Betty Hill Restorative Yoga by European Bodyworks Noon Subs with Santa from Subway 1 p.m. — Kids Cookie Decorating with Wendy Bogdanski Make a Door Swag with Peggy Freeman 2 p.m. — Make a Scroll Saw Ornament with Don Timm 2 to 4 p.m. — Visit Santa 3 p.m. — Kids Ornament Making with Leslie Wood Holiday Chocolate Making Class with Brian Taylor Restorative Yoga by Room to Breathe

4 p.m. — Decorate the Tree with Santa 5 p.m. — Town Square Lighting and Caroling All Day — Chris Kindle Mart Unique Gifts by Area Artisans Warm Clothing Donations Booth by Natasha Ing Stress Managment Booth by CHN Christmas Miracle Facials by European Bodyworks

Sunday, Dec. 2 1 to 2 p.m. — Kids Candy Cane Cover Art with Karla Spinks Make a Door Swag with Peggy Freeman 1 to 4 p.m. — Visit Santa 2 p.m. — Edible Gifts in a Jar with Lynn Bult 4 p.m. — Decorate the Tree with Santa All Day — Chris Kindle Mart Unique Gifts by Area Artisans Warm Clothing Donations Booth by Natasha Ing

The reason for Christmas recalled during Dickens Ripon’s Dickens of a Christmas, held Friday through Sunday, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, is a weekend of festive and family activities, gift buying, spending time with friends and community celebration. Although all of that is good, there are some community groups that take this time to show that, for them, the Christmas season holds an even greater meaning. A Living Nativity scene has been enacted during Living Windows on the Friday evening of Dickens since the first year of the festival. A processional made up of volunteers from the Christian community throughout Ripon representing the Holy Family, the Three Wise Men, and shepherds with their livestock, travels solemnly down Watson Street to the small green space next to Farrell’s Fine Furnishings. There they portray a Nativity tableau depicting the manger scene just after Jesus’ birth. The procession begins at 6:45 p.m. and the Nativity scene is in place by 7. Participants maintain the scene for about an hour, weather permitting. Returning for its fifth year as part of Living Windows is Las Posadas (“The Lodgings”), a communal re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for a place

for Jesus to be born. Las Posadas is a traditional part of Christmas celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries. At 7:15 p.m. Mary and Joseph, accompanied by carolers, will travel down Watson Street, starting at Jackson, seeking shelter from “innkeepers” at the shops downtown. The procession will arrive at the VFW Hall, 404 Ransom St., at about 8 p.m. for a fiesta featuring traditional Mexican food, beverages, music, dancing and a Piñata for children. All are welcome to join in this celebration of the Christmas story. A display of more than Specializing in renewable Energy Heating Methods

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Enchanted Forest offers a holiday wonderland Enter a world of fantasy and foliage as the Enchanted Forest reappears during Dickens of a Christmas, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. The Forest will be shimmering and delighting visitors all weekend in the activity hall of First Congregational Church, 220 Ransom St.

It will be open Friday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Businesses, organizations and individuals will be displaying their dream Christmas trees in the Enchanted Forest and telling us something about themselves

and about living, working and playing in Ripon. A $2 fee to enter and view the trees will be charged, which will benefit the American Cancer Society. Visitors to the Christmas wonderland may vote for their favorite decorated tree. The Ripon High School Cheer & Stunt Club will hold a bake sale at the Enchanted

Forest, and live entertainment will be provided by local musicians and music students. The Enchanted Forest is part of Ripon’s Dickens of a Christmas celebration, which is sponsored by the Ripon Chamber of Commerce. “Dickens” activities include Living Windows, depicting scenes from life in the 1800s in honor of Charles

Dickens 200th birthday Friday evening only; the annual Dickens of a Quilt Show; the Tour of Homes, featuring Ripon churches; Christmas for Kids; a variety of unique shopping opportunities; a display of more than 50 Nativity collections; and many other festive activities in historic Ripon throughout the weekend.

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excitement on their childrens’ faces as Santa visits them during a special breakfast buffet; and participate together in cookie, ornament and wreath decorating workshops. Storytime with Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa next to the fire, carolers and a giant, handcrafted gingerbread house complete this capt ivating day. For more information, go to www.heidelhouse.com

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Thrasher wraps up 2012 with holiday series With the holidays fast approaching, so come the pressures of the season: traveling ... cooking … entertaining … shopping .STOP! How nice it would be to take the time to celebrate the spirit of the season. Whether time with family, reflecting on the memories of Christmas past or joining in the festive community activities, Thrasher Opera House offers this and much more throughout the holiday season. The annual Thanksgiving Jazz Series, hosted by Janet Planet, is the first of three holiday concerts. On Friday, Nov. 23, Chicago jazz vocalist Lisa Roti will bring a handpicked selection of choice musicians and tunes designed to make you smile, clap or just sit back and soak in this year’s Songs of Thanks. Saturday, Dec. 8 brings Marty McCormack and Brian Fitzgerald of the Celtic-tinged duo Switchback. The pair have become a perennial favorite at Thrasher, with their Christmas songs interspersed with lively reels, jigs and originals. It’s a true, down-home evening of holiday favorites, reminiscent of days gone by, with a strong emphasis on audience participation. The Alley Cats return on Saturday, Dec. 15, adding a matinee as well as an evening show. Formed at Fullerton College in 1987, The Alley Cats have made it to the forefront of a cappella music. The Cats merge their renditions of timeless Doo-Wop classics and zany improvisational comedy with Christmas classics to create a “Harmoniously Hysteri-

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menu includes ham, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, sweet potatoes, winter vegetables, salad, cheese and crackers, dinner rolls, dessert and beverages. Poetry readings by Wisconsin poet Michael Belongie are a new feature this year. Michael will read from his new book, “Beckoned by the Star Maker,” a compilation of his annual Christmas poems. Readings will be in-between the concerts Friday and Saturday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Morehouse Hall at Bauer Lodge. There will be a book signing, artist demonstration, Christmas cookies and spiced apple cider. Artist Shannon Kelly, schooled in the rich tradition of illumination (bringing light and decoration to calligraphy) and Celtic interlace (knotwork designs), illustrated the book and will demonstrate her craft. Admission is free to the readings and guests do not have to attend the concerts to attend the readings. The Worldwide Gifts shop will be open both Friday and Saturday, offering interesting international gifts from around the world including a variety of unusual nativity sets. Visit www.glcc.org for more details. Call 294-3323 for tickets. Cost is $34 for adults, $22 for ages 6-11, and $11.50 for children 5 and under.

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The Holiday Express

Keep the holiday cheer in the Green Lake area Before you head to a big box store or a megamall, consider shopping locally first. For every $100 you spend in town, $68 comes back to the local economy through taxes, payroll and other expenditures — now how great is that?! You may have heard of “The 3/50 Project,” of “Shop Small” and “Buy Local,” but this winter Green Lake is inviting shoppers to “Keep the Holiday Cheer Here!” Teaming up with local shops and restaurants, the Downtown Green Lake Renewal Project has created a win-win shopping/dining

program. During the four weekends of the “Christmas in Green Lake” event, for every $20 you spend in a Green Lake shop listed below, you will be given a raffle ticket to enter a weekly drawing on Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and 9. Four names every Sunday will be chosen as winners of a $50 gift certificate to their favorite participating Green Lake area restaurant, and then it begins again on Friday. Winners will be notified by phone or by email and winners’ names will be posted on the Renewal Project’s facebook page and on its website.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS 680 North at Tuscumbia Adam’s Rib Bernie’s Italian Steakhouse Center House Christiano’s Pizza Goose Blind Grill and Bar Grey Rock at Heidel House Resort Little Corporal Norton’s of Green Lake Reilly’s Pub Subway of Green Lake Sunroom at Heidel House Resort Walkers of Kollerville

The 16 certificates issued are good through February. By winning the $50, you will choose a restaurant and purchase whatever meal/ drinks you’d like up to $50, but no cash back and no going back with an outstanding balance. It’s a one-time deal so grab a date, grab some friends and grab some food for the full $50. Remember, our local shops and restaurants depend on you to stay in business and what a better Christmas gift to them than to have your support and willingness to KEEP THE HOLIDAY CHEER HERE in Green Lake!

PARTICIPATING SHOPS A Well-Feathered Nest Arts of Daycholah Gallery Endurance Floral & Decor Green Lake Cyclery & Sports Apparel Green Lake Mercantile HomeGrown Market Knowledge Emporium North Bay Sport & Liquor Sugar Lips Wallenfang’s of Green Lake Wisconsin Gold & Gem SHOPPING IN DOWNTOWN Green Lake are, from left, Wendy Schultz, Jen Kaiser and Linda Burkhart.

Christmas parade set for Brandon The streets of Brandon again will come alive with the holiday spirit as the community hosts its 10th-annual Christmas Parade and Supper with Santa on Friday, Nov. 30 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Brandon-Fairwater Fire Department and First Responders. Parade lineup begins at 5 p.m. on Washington Street, with the event stepping off at 6 p.m. The parade will travel south on West Street, east on Main Street and end at Clark Street. Participants will unload and disassemble their entries in the parking lots of the Bank of Oakfield, Brandon Clinic and the Fond du Lac County Garage. This year’s parade theme is “Letters to Santa.” The Brandon-Fairwater

Fire Department and First Responders would like to have letters written to display at the Firehouse. Letters may be dropped of at the Brandon Library, Brandon School, or Brandon Post Office. All parade entries will be judged by three citizens of the Brandon/Fairwater community. Plaques will be awarded at the Firehouse that night. To participate in the parade, call Ryan Redmann at 920-517-1790. Supper with Santa, featuring a variety of soups and hot sandwiches, will be offered from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brandon/Fairwater Fire Station, off Highway 49 South. Desert also will be available for purchase. Seasonal music will be heard throughout the firehouse and, of course, children

will be able to have their annual conversation with Santa Claus. A goodwill offering will be taken with proceeds going toward the fire department’s older equipment. A silent auction will be held after the supper event. To donate an item, call Redmann at 920-517-1790.

Go to Polar Princeton for a breakfast treat

Here’s a great way to start a frosty December day: Head over to the Polar Bear Cafe at the Princeton Public School. In room 507 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 4, 5 and 6, students will serve up a great breakfast/brunch treat. It will be prepared by teacher Joni Deruyter’s food service class. Under her supervision, students have created the threeday café designed to knock your socks off (figuratively, anyway).

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The Holiday Express

Light up Green Lake with luminaries, tree Town Square’s front lawn will be the setting for a Christmas Tree lighting celebration in Green Lake on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. Enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends while welcoming the Christmas season to town.

Presented by the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the city of Green Lake and Town Square, join Mayor Chuck Mirr to dedicate this year’s official, holiday town tree. Grab a hot cup of cocoa, a warm bowl of chili, nuzzle around the bonfire and sing Christmas carols along with members of the Green Lake High School choir.

Bring along your camera to snap a photo of Santa Claus! He’ll be there starting at 5 p.m. with his sleigh. Luminaries will decorate the grounds in remembrance of loved ones gone. Luminaries are available at the Green Lake Chamber office, the Green Lake High School and Peace Lutheran School for a $2 donation. Proceeds from the sale of the luminaries will be donated to the Green Lake County Angel Tree Program, which serves local families in need at the holidays and throughout the year. Starting the same weekend, Arts of Daycholah will host an artisan trunk show featur-

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